Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities
Enhancing Innovation Capacity in City Government
Cities are reinventing themselves to adapt and respond to their evolving contexts.
One instrument that local government is leveraging is innovation. To understand how
cities approach public sector innovation, the OECD and Bloomberg Philanthropies carried
out a survey on innovation capacity across 89 cities in OECD countries and non-OECD
economies. The focus of the survey was to unpack the capacity to innovate in the local
public sector and explore the resources – human, financial, and institutional – and
how they can work to boost innovation in a city.
This report explores the approaches and goals, staffing and structure, data, financial
resources, and evaluation efforts that local administrations are making to innovate.
It also reviews the outcomes that are resulting from these measures, especially related
to resident well-being.